So you’re sitting there, contemplating having a child but have heard that sex isn’t always a 100% guarantee to have one? Well, it’s true. More than just the act of making a baby, there are a ton of things that factor into being able to conceive – like your health and well being, sperm count, when the best day to try and conceive is medical history, etc. You’re possibly also reading this right now knowing that you have some sort of medical problem that could hinder you from getting pregnant. Fortunately, there are ways to get pregnant with and without sex.
It’s 2020 and gladly, there’s now more than 1 way to be able to conceive. Read on to see other ways to get pregnant, and see if one of these might be something you’d consider doing. Already pregnant? check the importance of prenatal checkups.
1. The most common way
The first and most common way is, of course, through sex. If you’ve been trying and haven’t had luck, you may want to try conceiving following your menstrual cycle. Most doctors will likely tell you that the best time to try and conceive is when the woman is ovulating – best in the beginning. This usually takes place 14 days after the first day of the woman’s last period.
Sperm can survive inside a woman’s body for up to 7 days. So if you’ve been active with having sex during ovulation the sperm will be able to have a higher chance of “sticking around” and trying to latch on the woman’s released eggs for fertilization.
2. In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
If regular intercourse hasn’t been successful, another way of getting pregnant is through In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). This procedure takes the woman’s egg from her ovary and the man’s sperm to fertilize – and having this fertilized egg (embryo) placed inside the woman’s uterus.
According to mayoclinic.org: “IVF is the most effective form of assisted reproductive technology.” Though it may be effective, there’s always a risk factor involved and chances of getting pregnant will still vary. Things such as age and infertility problems greatly affect the chances of having a healthy baby. Also, you’ll really want to do your research and speak with a doctor to consider as this is quite an invasive and costly procedure. But if all has been well prepared for – you could even have the possibility of having more than one fetus! (Multiple pregnancies).
Another way that is still related to the IVF Procedure is surrogacy. The only additional factor is this requires having someone else carry the pregnancy for you.
Everything that’s needed to be done for IVF will apply, except that the fertilized egg would be implanted into another woman. Some women would opt for this when they know their body isn’t in any condition to carry out the pregnancy but would still want to have kids of their own DNA. Surrogate volunteers may require some form of payment, but would usually just be the costs to carry out the pregnancy.
Considering a sperm donor is quite common nowadays. Women can opt to go to sperm banks and choose from a number of profiles, readily available, for Artificial Insemination. Sperm banks are where men can donate or sell their sperm, for the purpose of being given/sold to those who wish to conceive. This may also be used for other medical purposes/practice.
So a woman can get pregnant without having sex through the process of Artificial Insemination. It is when semen is collected and injected into either the vaginal canal, the cervix, or the uterus. It is said that this method has the best success rate as well.
More ways of being able to conceive keep coming up. But before doing any of them, be sure to do thorough research to know which will work best for you. Have faith and keep trying!